I hope the Raptors
faithful can see this team for what it is and stick with it for a bit longer. Chris Bosh
is a top 10 player in this league or higher, Jermaine O'Neal has begun to put up the numbers we expected offensively with 43 points and 45 rebounds in the past 3 games and has brought the inside presence beside CB4 that makes us a very hard team to out play up front. Andrea Bargnani
has hopefully regained some of that confidence he lost as he has become a force on both offense and defense averaging 14 points and 4 rebounds in the last 3 games. If he can continue to progress on defense and on the glass, that is a very tough front line for any team in this league to match up against. Add to the mix Ocho at point guard and that is 4 of the 5 positions with very good players in them. Jose Calderon
played the Heat with a sore leg but knew we needed him out there. The inspired offense was a result.
Our problem right now is at the 2 and 3 position. Hopefully going 4/4 in the 4th over Dwyane Wade will help Anthony Parker back to mental health and get his game face back. He has the potential to be a solid 2 in this league, but his time is running out. At the 3 we have the Jamario Moon Jason Kapono debate which neither looks willing to solve. Teams have eaten us up from there and putting Andrea there seems to offer us at least a consistancy that had been lacking. Our back up guards played like it, but I see so much of Jose in Roko Ukic that we must be patient with him as he will be a very good guard in time. Kris Humphries has played well when he has been needed and continues to be a great insertion into the lineup on the whole. He does tend to get beat by PF's that are quick like Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace, but not many guys can cover those guys all night any how.
Sam Mitchell continues to work these guys into a team that could make noise. what it comes down to is HEART. Do these guys have the heart to go out and win games at any cost? Do they want every loose ball? Do they want to beat you down the court and cut off the lane? Are they willing to stop you at any price? So far, just over 50% of the time, that is true. It is time for the guys to step up and play like they can.
Should be a great game against the Nets tonight with Vince Carter
back in the ACC.